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Lord Orots Interview

samedi 11 juillet 2020 à 08:38
1.For those that have never heard of you before,can you tell us a little bit about the musical project? Lord Orots is a musical project that tells the story of its own universe combining Dungeon Synth, Dark Ambient and Atmospheric Black Metal.

2.So far this year you have put out 5 releases, musically how do they differ from each other? The first releases were mostly dark ambient and dungeon synth. This new album I'm releasing with Onism is more atmospheric black metal but it still has that characteristic dungeon synth touch.

3.You refer to your music as being 'fantasy ambient', can you tell us a little bit more about this term? I like to define it that way because I don't want Lord Orots to have just one specific genre. It's a project that's constantly evolving but of course it's always tied to this fantasy world I try to describe. So I think "fantasy ambient" is a good way to describe the music of Lord Orots.

4.The earlier releases where more dungeon synth while the new album was more in a black metal style, what was the decision behind going into this musical direction? As I said, this project is constantly evolving and I don't want to limit my project to the "rules" of one specific style. Also, the concept of this album has a direct relation with this decision. The thing is that in the universe of Lord Orots there are two "cycles". The album changes the style of the earlier releases because in this one we are in another cycle. In future works I will evolve this idea more and more.

5. There also seems to be a fantasy concept that goes with the name 'Lord Orots', can you tell us a little bit more about? Orots is a mythological name of one of our pagan basque gods. The god of thunder. And the "Lord" title is there for two reasons: First of all it matches with the epic fantasy idea that I try to transmit and second, because it's a tribute to the black metal band Lord Belial, one of the bands I started listening to when I got into Black Metal.

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover? The artwork shows Lord Orots resting in his throne. He is going to sleep for 10,000 years because the new cycle starts. The cycle where he is in the realm of his dreams and where he must fight against the Black Abyss. All these concepts I will try to develop in the future.

7.With this project you record everything by yourself, are you open to working with other musicians or do you prefer to work solo? I think working solo is better than working with other artists because I don't have to discuss ideas with anyone. I have no limits and I can do what I really want to do. This doesn't mean that I don´t talk with other musicians. A lot of them have helped me by giving me advice. Maybe in the future I will work with other people if necessary.

8.You have put out 5 releases this year, do you spend a great amount of time writing and creating music? The "strategy" I have followed is that these first months of existence I have made a lot of music. A lot of releases to get known. Now that people in the Dungeon Synth scene know me, I will put quality over quantity. With the first releases I spent at most like a couple of months. Sometimes in just one month I could do an EP. Now I want to spend months and months to make releases that are not just good but they are memorable. Just like this new album.

9.The new album is coming out on 'Onism Productions', how did you get in contact with this label? I randomly clicked on their first release on Bandcamp. It got my attention so I then visited their webpage. I was impressed by how professional it looked. It was minimalistic but very serious and professional. Then I saw that they could release music on CD, something that I wanted to do with this specifical album so I contacted them. They have just started but I'm sure that if they keep up with the good work and they put quality over quantity they will sign great bands in the future, bands a lot better than Lord Orots.

10.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black metal and dungeon synth? I think that people from the Dungeon Synth scene respect me and like my work. That's for me very important, to be recognized by other DS artists motivates me a lot because I don't consider myself an artist or musician, those are big words for me. When I started this project back in October I couldn't even imagine that in a few months I would be releasing physical stuff in the U.S. and Europe. I think that for the little time Lord Orots existed I have already achieved a lot of things. The Black Metal scene is different. There's people that like both genres, and there's people that like just one. I just know about the people that reach to me saying that they like my music. But I don't know what people think in general. In the Black metal scene of the Basque Country at least I think that people like what I do.

11.Where do you see yourself heading into as a musician during the future? I have no idea what is going to happen. I think that Lord Orots is and will be my main project and I want to see how it evolves in 9 years if it already has evolved in 9 months this much. For myself, I don´t know either. Maybe it would be cool if I end up playing in a metal band with other musicians. But right now I'm focused on Lord Orots.

12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays? The bands that influence my music are many and some of them are very different from each other. I think my musical taste and influences can be grouped in two groups: First we have black metal like: Burzum, Summoning, Immortal, Pest, Alcest, Hellhammer, Lord Belial, Woods of Desolation, Drudkh, Nargaroth, Ulver, Enslaved, Dissection, Windir, Agalloch...and many others. As you can see, I listen to very different black metal bands but all of them have a unique atmosphere. Then we have Dungeon Synth with bands like: Fen Walker, Mortiis, Depressive Silence, Elffor, Old Sorcery, Moth Tower, Fief, Thangorodrim, Lord Lovidicus, Old Tower...The list goes on and on. The music I am listening to depends on the season. Now in summer I listen to death metal and grindcore, my body asks me to listen to it: Wormrot, Asphyx, Nails, Insect Warfare, Mutilated Judge...Then in winter I will get back to black metal.

13.Does Occultism play any role in your music? Well my music is directly related to the fantasy of the world I try to describe but I don't think that's related to occultism or at least that was not the intention.

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? I just want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to make this interview. For anyone that is reading this interview and supports my music I want to say thank you for supporting the underground. I also want to tell anyone that is reading this to support serious labels like Onism Productions because they do a lot of hard work to make the underground scene better and better each day.


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Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/lord-orots-interview.html


Cultus Profano/Accursed Possession/Debemur Morti Productions/2020 Full Length Review

samedi 11 juillet 2020 à 07:21

  Cultus  Profano  are  a  duo  from  Los  Angeles,  California  that  plays  an  occult  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  album  "Accursed  Possession"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Debemur  Morti  Productions.

  A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sound  starts  off  the  album  while  whispers  and  spoken  word  parts  can  also  be  heard  in  the  background  briefly  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  yet  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  on  the  recording  also  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Dark  sounding  melodies can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  while  half  of  the  tracks  are  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.  When  the  music  speeds  up  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats  and  tremolo  picking  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  more  modern  style  of  the  genre.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  music  also  getting  very  atmospheric  and  mesmeric  sounding  at  times  as  well  as  some  elements  of  90's  Italian  and  Greek  era  occult  black  metal  also  being  utilized  at  times,  when  guitar  solos  and  leads  are  utilized  they  are  also  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style.  The  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Alchemy,  Occultism,  Mysticism  and  Magick  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Cultus  Profano  are  a  very  great  sounding  occult  black  metal  duo  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cursed  In  Sin,  Opus  25"  "Towards  the  Temple  Of  Darkened  Falmes,  Opus  19"  and  "Crown  Of  Hellfire,  Opus  11".  8  out  of  10.

https://cultusprofano.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/CULTUS.PROFANO

  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/cultus-profanoaccursed.html


Flame/Ignis Spiritus/Primitive Reaction/2020 EP Review

samedi 11 juillet 2020 à 06:11

  Flame  are  a  band  from  Finland  that  plays  a  very  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2020  ep "Ignis  Spiritus"  which  will  be  released  in  August  by  Primitive  Reaction.

  A  synth  orientated  intro  starts  off  the  ep  along  with  a  brief  use  of  ritualistic  spoken  word  parts  before  going  into  a  heavier  and  faster  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  tremolo  picking  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  When  guitar  leads  are  utilized  they  are  done  in  a  very  melodic  style  while  the  music  also adds  in  a  great  amount  of  thrash  metal  elements.  Melodies  can  also  be  heard  in  some  of  the  guitar  riffing  along  with  the  songs  also  adding  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast parts,  melodic  chants  and  clean  playing  can  also  be  heard  briefly  and  the  closing  track  is  also  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  Flame  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  the  90's  era  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own  but  also  capturing  a  modern  day  aggression.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Hatred  themes. 

  In  my  opinion  Flame  are  a  very  great  sounding  raw  and  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  thrash  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Firespirit  Of  Rebellion"  and  "Astral  Crypt".  8  out  of  10.

https://primitivereaction.bandcamp.com/track/firespirit-of-rebellion  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/flameignis-spiritusprimitive.html


Necrofaith/Sermon I: True Satanic Black Art/2020 Full Length Review

vendredi 10 juillet 2020 à 08:03

  Necrofaith  are  a  solo  project  from Italy  that  plays  a  satanic  form  of  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  her  self  released  2020  album  "Sermon  I:  True  Satanic  Black  Art".

 A  very  dark  and  ritualistic  sounding  intro  starts  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  heavier  musical  direction  which  also  introduces  high  pitched  black  metal  screams  onto  the  recording.  When  tremolo  picking  is  utilized  it  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling  and  the  music  also  shows  influences  of  both  the  first  and  second  wave  eras.

  Noise  orientated  soundscapes  can  also  be  heard  in  certain  sections  pf  the  recording  while  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats.  Throughout  the  album  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  the  guitar  solos  and  leads  being  done  in  a  very  dark  yet  melodic  style  when  they  are  utilized.

  One  of  the  interludes  also  captures  the  atmosphere  of  a  classic  horror  movie  soundtrack  as  well  as  adding  in  a  brief  use  of  demonic  sounding  spoken  words  parts  before  returning  back  to  a  heavier  direction  and  as  the  album  progresses  synths  are  added  onto  the  album  and  the  three  closing  tracks  are  instrumentals.  The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Satanism,  Darkness  and  Black  Metal  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necrofaith  are  a  very  great  sounding  satanic  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Bitch  Of  Satan"  "Blood's  Chalice"  and  "Black  Metal  Is  Chaos".  8/5  out  of  10.

https://necrofaith.bandcamp.com/album/sermon-i-true-satanic-black-art  

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/necrofaithsermon-i-true-satanic-black.html


Basma/Witchblood/Lunar Apparitions/2020 CD Review

vendredi 10 juillet 2020 à 06:52

  Basmu  are a  solo  project  from  Edmonton,  Alberta,  Canada  that  plays  a  very  raw and  lo-fi  form  of  occult  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2017  album  "Witchblood"  which  will  be  re-issued  in  August  by  Lunar  Apparitions.

  Ambient  style  soundscapes  and  synths  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  Vocals  are  mostly  grim  sounding  black  metal  screams  while  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  90's  and  early  2000's  influences.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  also  hear  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  riffs  also  add  in  some  dark  sounding  melodies  at  times.  A  lot  of  the  music  also  captures  a  very  lo-fi  atmosphere along  with  some  of  the  ambient  elements  also  making  a  return  on  some  of  the  later  songs.

 The  music  also  has  its  ritualistic  moments  and  as  the  album  progresses  some  of  the  vocals  start  getting  more  deeper  and  demonic  sounding  as  well  as  a  later  song  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  recording. The  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  lo-fi  while  the  lyrics  cover  Traditional  Witchcraft,  Satanism,  Vampirism  and  Occultism  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Basmu  are a   very  great  sounding  raw  and  lo-fi  occult  black  metal  solo  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  re-issue.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Witchblood"  "The  Crooked  Wand  Of  The  Ophidian  Craft"  and  "Crytalin  Prison  Of  SOuls".  8 out  of  10.

https://youtu.be/9Kk-g6uus1Q     

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2020/07/basmawitchbloodlunar-apparitions2020-cd.html